Rob Harwood (CEO)

NHS Test and Trace App

From Thursday 24th September, the Government has made it a requirement that every club/venue signs up to the NHS Test and Trace app. Below is a link to The FA statement setting out what needs to be completed

At the end of The FA statement are links informing you how to sign up. Please read this carefully and action immediately as we understand this is a legal requirement and there are likely to be substantial fines imposed for those venues/clubs not complying.


As your Board, responsible for the administration and provision of football for the YEL, the largest U7s to U14s league in the country, where, at a conservative estimate, 30,000 personal interactions take place each weekend, we believe we have a moral duty to share our concerns over how we feel that our sport is out of step with the current Government guidance.

Whilst the Government is legally enforcing the ‘Rule of Six’ – six people meeting in either home or an open air environment; limiting weddings to just 15 people and funerals to 30, we are still witnessing regular occurrences of 30 plus people standing on touchlines shoulder to shoulder and queuing for tea bars/club kitchens with little or no social distancing or face coverings being in evidence.

We are desperate to keep our clubs and teams playing football – children doing the thing they love – all in as safe an environment as possible. The guidance from The FA has been detailed and good but, so far, there has been no additional response to the new Government restrictions unless you are in a lockdown area. We believe we should not wait until this occurs. We believe that we should be proactive to try and protect the continuance of football – Prevention has always been better than cure!

We, as your YEL Board, are now recommending the implementation of the following seven steps to our YEL member clubs. These are not to replace any Government/FA/ Public Health England advice but should be seen as a supplement to/underpinning the existing advice and providing additional safeguards in the fight against COVID-19. As always, most of these are recommendations/guidance only (apart from NHS Test and Trace which we understand is a legal requirement) however we would hope that people will see these as an added protection for themselves and their children and will willingly agree to them. Of course, if you own your own facility, you can make it very clear that it is part of your club COVID-19 policy and ask people to respect it whilst on your private property.

We are recommending:

  • Only one parent/carer per player attends YEL games (and training) in order to minimise the number of people on touchlines. From a safeguarding and welfare point of view, an adult should always be present in case of injury to their child.
  • Every home team appoints a COVID-19 warden to walk the touchline at the start of the game, with a printed copy of the NHS test and trace QR Code for the venue to ensure that no one has missed scanning it prior to arriving pitch side
  • Each club reinforces the message to each of their teams when they are at home, that they should have a representative of the team/the COVID warden carry out a COVID-19 briefing to all participants prior to the game commencing – players, coaches and parents – highlighting the club’s COVID-19 policy including, but not limited to, social distancing, no shouting, leaving the pitch/site immediately after the game has concluded.
  • Applying face coverings (under 12s excluded) at YEL organised games when attending/queuing for a tea bar/club kitchen
  • Applying face coverings (under 12s excluded) at YEL organised games when using on site toilets
  • Home teams with high usage venues (50+ people on site at any given point) appoint a club representative to enter the toilets on an hourly basis during high usage periods to wipe down/spray all touch surfaces with sanitiser/anti viral
  • Having a maximum number of socially distanced spectators – 30 – on a touchline at each game. Should this number be reached, consider opening up a small section of the coaches/players side of the pitch (NOT behind the goals) either side of the technical areas (where the managers and subs should remain at all times) as an overflow space in order to try to manage and encourage social distancing.

Many of these measures should already have been considered in your club risk assessments/COVID-19 Policy but we do feel it is worth repeating them and underlining their importance. If these do not form part of you risk assessment/ COVID-19 policy, please now look to incorporate them as we all need to be applying similar standards in order for the shield around the YEL community to be as effective as possible.



(Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th October)

COVID-19 – Guidance from The FA – Updated 16th October 2020

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Football For All

Founded as the Young Elizabethan league, and now affectionately known as the YEL, our mission is to create opportunities for boys and girls to enjoy the game at every level. From playing in organised, safe environments, to upholding the highest level of respect for referees, teammates and opposition alike, we strive to be the very best youth football league in the UK. 

Whilst we are moving forward with a modern 21st Century image and an upgraded management system for running the league efficiently and professionally, our footballing ethos has not changed and is still underpinned by the simple message of

‘Sportsmanship above all’

YEL Update 16/10/20…

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YEL Update 09/10/20…

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YEL Update 02/10/20…

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Brand new look but same familiar service – find out more

Powerful and poignant RESPECT piece My Child – The Referee
If you haven’t seen it, watch it here


As part of our continual drive to provide the most consistent, professional and relevant service to our members, we have undertaken an rebranding exercise that delivers a fresh look, feel and tone that is more representative of our most important asset… young players!

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  • 16th Deadline day for player registration/transfers
  • 1st Applications open for 2020/21 season
  • 1st Re-applications open for existing teams/clubs for 2020/21
  • 31st Applications officially close for new applications
  • 25th ONLINE SGM 7.15pm start – Club Secretaries to attend
  • 25th ONLINE AGM A7.30pm start – Club Secretaries to attend

  • 6th 7:30pm Online welcome meeting for all new 2020/21 club officials and team managers. New team managers from existing clubs also welcome to join.

16th – Deadline for league fees to be paid

16th – Deadline for minimum number of players to be registered on WGS

13th – COVID-19 Coordinators online meeting

18th – COVID-19 Coordinators online meeting

  • 5th/6th – Winter season starts

  • 19th/20th – Winter season ends


  • 9th/10th – Spring season starts

  • 15th – Spring season ends


Useful information for Managers and Coaches

Useful information, tips, guides and rules for Managers and Coaches…

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Useful information for Players and Parents

Useful information, tips, guides and rules for Parents and Players…

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Useful information and Advice for Referees

Useful information, tips, guides and rules for Referees…

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We need a good, clear, head and shoulders, portrait image, where the player’s head is at least half the height of the picture. Please ensure your images match what is required to avoid rejection.


Most parents get it; Most coaches get it; Most players get it. SOME DON’T and when they don’t EVERYBODY SUFFERS.

If you don’t get it WATCH THE VIDEO and put yourself in their position.

Read more about YELs approach to Safeguarding and Respect


The YEL’s executive team is led by Chief Executive, Robert Harwood, who has outstanding credentials and working knowledge in both sport and business. His passion for promoting fairness and respect at every level of development is well documented.